ROSEBURG, Ore. – Fishing, games, and activities are set for the annual Family Fun Day held Saturday, April 26 at Upper Empire Lake. This free event runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Child Advocacy Center of Coos Bay will set up a mini-carnival, and ODFW will stock Upper Empire Lake with nearly 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout just prior to the event. Northwest Natural Gas is providing a free lunch for all.
“This is great family event,” said Tom Rumreich, ODFW fish biologist. “One young participant last year declared it was the best day of his life!”
People are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Some rods, reels and tackle will be available for loan, and ODFW biologists and volunteers can help teach anglers how to catch those prize trout.
All fishing regulations continue to apply. Kids 13 and younger do not need a license and ages 14-17 require a juvenile license.
The trout stocking was made possible through ODFW’s Youth Angling Education Program which was funded by the Oregon Legislature in partnership with the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.